Out of the nine Clementi Sonatinas I have recorded so far on YouTube -- the six in Op. 36 and the three in Op. 37 -- this is in my opinion the finest. I absolutely adore the Op. 37 No. 3 Sonatina with its tightly constructed sonata-allegro-form first movement and infectiously delightful rondo-form second movement. The majority of pianists are familiar with the extremely famous Op. 36 Sonatinas, especially Nos. 1-3; however, unfortunately very few are familiar with the Op. 37 set of three. In my opinion, the lesser known Op. 37 Sonatinas are even better than the more familiar Op. 36 Sonatinas, which still remain some of the most played classical piano works by students around the world. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZocdOCWMM&w=560&h=315]
Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) was a direct contemporary of the more famous W.A. Mozart (1756-1791). The two geniuses respected each other's mutual talent, although Mozart derogatorily joked about Clementi's playing style in a letter to his distinguished father, Leopold, in 1781. This famous duel in 1781 at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II was declared a tie by His Highness.
The Op. 37 No. 3 Sonatina is in my opinion the most "Mozartian" of all the Clementi Sonatinas I have played so far. In fact, dare I say this -- but I believe this particular Sonatina is as good or better than anything Mozart could have written. It is first-rate music that calls out for serious pianists to play it. To all pianists, piano students, and teachers: I implore you to no longer ignore the unduly neglected Op. 37 Sonatinas by Clementi, and especially this one, No. 3. Long live Clementi!